Christopher and Butler

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Mark Haddon and Kazuo Ishiguro portray different voices in the beginnings of, Mark Haddon’s, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ where the main character is Christopher. In Kazuo Ishiguro’s, ‘The Remains of the Day’ a Butler is the main character. I will be comparing the different or similar voices of both authors’ characters. In terms of content Christopher and the Butler are quite different because Christopher uses more factual points whereas the Butler is very descriptive. For example, Christopher says, ‘The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog. The points of the fork must have gone all the way through the dog and into the ground because the fork had not fallen over.’ This shows that Christopher is very observant, precise and factual. On the other hand the Butler says, ‘This expedition began this morning almost an hour later than I had planned.’ This is very detailed and shows that he is a very organised person and likes to stick to plans. In terms of language Christopher and the Butler are different as Christopher uses simple words while the Butler’s language is more extensive. For example, Christopher says about the poodle, ‘It had curly black fur, but when you got close you could see that the skin underneath the fur was a very pale yellow, like chicken’. This shows that he uses very simple descriptive language such as a young boy would use. Whereas the Butler use of language is more sophisticated for example, he says, ‘Tonight I find myself in a guest house in the city of Salisbury.’ This also shows that the Butler is older in age and that he uses a very unique style of speech. The way in which Christopher and the Butler structure their sentences is very different. Christopher uses short, quick, and simple sentences which are to the point. The Butler’s sentences, on the other hand, are long, descriptive

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